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The Taste of Salt

Posted on 04/1/2009

Wow!  Just back from spreading the word about Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating in Ohio.  You know, I travel so much, the geography changes, but three truths remain: (1) the obesity epidemic is everywhere; (2)  people are excited to learn about our program; (3) when they try it, they like our meals and the results. 
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Last weekend, the Illinois River Area Chamber of Commerce was kind enough to honor me with the “Business Award of the Year.”  Some of my old friends attended the ceremony—the Danelsons from North Carolina (whom I don’t see enough) and the Narettys from Marseilles.  Kathy Naretty is a supportive, helpful, and ever-pleasant traveling companion.  Her presence helps me endure the travails of travel. 

My other guests included Sharon and Wayne Alsvig, whose assistance is so valuable to Kelly and me; their son, Kevin, who used to mow our lawn and now is our CPA; Brian Emerson and his wife, Jackie; and Tammy Blacklaw  and her husband Dave.  Brian and Tammy are production leaders at our Ottawa facility.

Many who attended the award presentation had been brought into the world by my husband, Dr. Kelly Sutton.  He was the real star of the evening.  When I told the audience that Kelly often woke up after having a realistic dream that he was operating on or otherwise treating one of his former patients, the crowd roared with appreciative laughter.
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A quick reminder that soon I’ll post my thoughts on how our national, state, and local governments can deal with the horrific obesity epidemic.  In England, by the way, their government has established the “Obesity National Support Team” to encourage healthy eating and weight loss.  It is modeled after similar British programs to deal with sexual health, teenage pregnancy, and stopping smoking.  
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Back in the U.S., an estimated 36.8 million people are 65 and older.  That number likely will double in the next 25 years.  By 2030, almost one in five Americans (72 million people) will be 65 and older.  About 80 percent of seniors have at least one chronic health condition and 50 percent have two.  A majority of these are related to obesity.
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Do you remember Jeannine?  I’m so proud of her.  When she began eating our meals, she weighed over 500 pounds and her medical prognosis wasn’t very good.  Recently, we received the following email from her:

“Just back from my doctor’s appointment.  Talked to a nice lady from Bridgeport area about Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating in the waiting room.  Her doctor is the same as mine.  I must have made an impression on her.

“During my appoint, my doctor told me I had some ‘fans’ that were thinking of trying Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating because of my results.  My A1C is now down to 6.5 on one medicine.  When I started two years ago, it was at 9.9 on three meds.  They also cut my thyroid medication level down again…that’s the third time in the past six months.

“My new weight loss total is 187 pounds.  All my best to you.”
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Oh, and I wanted to respond in my blog to a couple of comments about a few of our menu items being a “bit bland.”  Usually when I hear this and query the source, I find it’s a matter of salt.  As you know, we make sure to limit salt in our meals.  In fact, our salt content is at least three (and often four) times less than what is considered “normal.”  So the problem really isn’t that the food is bland.  Without the excess of salt, what is actually being tasted is….drum roll, please…the food itself.  

It’s simply a matter of getting used to eating food with less salt.  Most people are pleased from their first taste.  Others—perhaps more acclimated to a high salt content—take a little longer to make the adjustment.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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